Hearts-A-Bustin’ (Euonymus americanus) stems and habit. Green stems lacking the corky wings of its Asian counterpart, the Euonymus alatus. (Displayed in yesterday’s posting)
The habit of this native shrub is also more open, allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor unlike the invasive alatus which has a multi-stemmed, crowded habit, over shading and crowding out native understory vegetation. Also commonly called Strawberry Bush or Hearts-a-bursting with love. This photo was taken on October 1st 2011 in the Wissahickon
For more on this please see our post Hearts a Bustin here :ouimages.